Ahmedabad:Virender Sehwag, who leads the India Blue side will be among the high profile names on trial, when the annual NKP Salve Challenger Trophy begins on Thursday.
The event, which returns to Ahmedabad after seven years, will be held at the Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera, Gandhinagar.
Recently, Sehwag opted out of the Hong Kong Sixes cricket tournament as he was named to lead India Blues.
A good performance in Challenger Trophy could see Sehwag make his way back into the one-day side.
Sehwag was a member of the Indian team that emerged victorious in Twenty20 World Cup, but was then dropped for the one-day series against Australia.
He, however, came back into the side for the one-off Twenty20 match against Australia. Sehwag failed but India won the match.
The wicket is expected to be both pacy and bouncy and test the aspirants looking for a place in the national side against Pakistan in the first week of November.
The four-day tournament, which sees three matches, begins Oct 25 and the selectors will announce the Indian side on Oct 27.
While Sehwag leads the India Blues, Mohammed Kaif will be the skipper for India Red and Parthiv Patel will lead India Green.
Former Test star and medium pacer, Dhiraj Parsana is the curator and he has promised some lively action on the wickets.
The Gujarat Cricket Association will also honour the Pathan brothers, Irfan and Yousuf, who were members of the winning Indian team at the Twenty20 World Cup. They will be rewarded with Rs 500,000 each.